Squad strikes back: Rep. Ilhan Omar accuses Israel of 'terrorism' after country launches air attacks in Gaza and AOC and other members blast police behavior in Jerusalem

 'Squad' member Rep Ilhan Omar on Monday accused Israel of 'terrorism' after the nation launched deadly air strikes on Gaza as Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley advocated for Palestinians after clashes with police last week and over the weekend.

At least 20 people were killed, including nine children and a senior Hamas commander, and 65 others wounded, Gaza authorities said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Hamas had crossed a 'red line' by directing missiles towards Jerusalem and that the Jewish state would 'respond with force'.

'We will not tolerate attacks on our territory, our capital, our citizens and our soldiers. Those who attack us will pay a heavy price.'

In response to the escalating situation, Omar tweeted: 'Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection. 

'Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid.'

The other 'squad' members advocated for Palestinians following clashes with Israeli police on Friday. Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez, and Pressley expressed their concerns on Twitter with Tlaib even taking aim at President Joe Biden. 

'I was 7 years old when I first prayed at the Al Aqsa with my sity. It's a sacred site for Muslims. This is equivalent to attacking the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, or the Temple Mount for Jews. Israel attacks it during Ramadan. Where's the outrage @POTUS?' Tlaib wrote. 


At least 20 people were killed, including nine children and a senior Hamas commander, and 65 others wounded, Gaza authorities said

At least 20 people were killed, including nine children and a senior Hamas commander, and 65 others wounded, Gaza authorities said 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Hamas had crossed a 'red line' by directing missiles towards Jerusalem and that the Jewish state would 'respond with force'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Hamas had crossed a 'red line' by directing missiles towards Jerusalem and that the Jewish state would 'respond with force'

Israel's army said 150 rockets had been launched from Gaza, dozens of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defence System, with no casualties reported. Pictured: One of the rockets being fired from Gaza City towards Israel

Israel's army said 150 rockets had been launched from Gaza, dozens of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defence System, with no casualties reported. Pictured: One of the rockets being fired from Gaza City towards Israel 

At least three exhaust trails were seen in the skies over Gaza City as explosions were heard, though was not immediately clear whether the rockets hit anything or were shot down

At least three exhaust trails were seen in the skies over Gaza City as explosions were heard, though was not immediately clear whether the rockets hit anything or were shot down


Pressley said: 'I stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem who are being forcibly removed from their homes — in the middle of a pandemic, during Ramadan. This is unacceptable.' 

'We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem. Israeli forces are forcing families from their homes during Ramadan and inflicting violence. It is inhumane and the US must show leadership in safeguarding the human rights of Palestinians,' Ocasio-Cortez wrote. 

On Monday, Israel's army said 150 rockets had been launched from Gaza, dozens of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defence System, with no casualties reported.     

The Israeli military said it had targeted 'two rocket launchers, two military posts', a tunnel and eight Hamas operatives in Gaza.

Hamas sources confirmed that one of their commanders, Mohammed Fayyad, had been killed     

Netanyahu said Monday: 'Whoever attacks us will pay a heavy price.' He also warned that the fighting could 'continue for a while'.

Hamas, a militant group which controls the Gaza Strip, had earlier issued a 6pm ultimatum for Israel to withdraw security forces from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in east Jerusalem. The rockets were fired after the deadline lapsed.

It follows days of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces around the mosque that began on Friday and have continued since. Fighting today saw at least 305 Palestinians hurt, including 205 taken to hospital, five in serious condition.

Some 21 police were hurt, including one seriously, the Israeli security services said. 

Speaking of the Israeli response to Hamas's rocket attacks, army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said on Monday evening: 'We have started, and I repeat started, to attack military targets in Gaza.

'We have made preparations for various scenarios, including high intensity ones... Hamas will get the message.'

Diplomatic sources told AFP that Egypt and Qatar, who have mediated past Israeli-Hamas conflicts, were attempting to calm tensions 

In perhaps the most serious incident of clashes today, CCTV captured the moment crowds of Palestinians pelted a car driving near Jerusalem's Old City with rocks before the Israeli driver accelerated on to the pavement - sending people flying. 

People continued to pelt the driver after the car came to a halt, suspended on a nearby wall, before a gun-waving police officer arrived. The officer helped the man from the car, before he was again attacked by a pedestrian.

Fighting today saw at least 305 Palestinians hurt, including 205 taken to hospital, five in serious condition. Some 21 police were hurt, including one seriously, the Israeli security services said

Fighting today saw at least 305 Palestinians hurt, including 205 taken to hospital, five in serious condition. Some 21 police were hurt, including one seriously, the Israeli security services said

Hamas, a militant group which controls the Gaza Strip, had earlier issued a 6pm ultimatum for Israel to withdraw security forces from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in east Jerusalem. The rockets were fired after the deadline lapsed. Pictured: Rockets are seen being fired from Gaza

Hamas, a militant group which controls the Gaza Strip, had earlier issued a 6pm ultimatum for Israel to withdraw security forces from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in east Jerusalem. The rockets were fired after the deadline lapsed. Pictured: Rockets are seen being fired from Gaza

An Israeli military vehicle is seen firing tear gas canisters towards Palestinians during Monday's protests

An ISraeli police officer walks past burning debris during an anti-Israel protest by Palestinians over tension in Jerusalem, in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

An ISraeli police officer walks past burning debris during an anti-Israel protest by Palestinians over tension in Jerusalem, in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

Israeli border police members take position near burning barricades during the violent protests on Monday evening

Israeli border police members take position near burning barricades during the violent protests on Monday evening

Police then cancelled a right-wing Israeli march that was due to pass through the Old City and its Muslim Quarter in an effort to calm tensions.

The fighting has drawn calls for de-escalation from the international community and sharp rebukes from across the Muslim world.

In Washington, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration, including President Joe Biden himself, was monitoring the violence.

'We have serious concerns about the situation, including violent confrontations that we've seen over the last few days,' she told reporters. The U.S. Embassy in Israel said the rocket fire was 'unacceptable.'

The Israeli military said well over 50 rockets were fired into Israel throughout the evening, most of them aimed at southern Israeli towns near the border.

Lieutenant Colonel Conricus said six rockets were aimed at Jerusalem, some 60 miles (100 kilometers) away. It was believed to be the first rocket attack on the city since a 2014 war. 

Shortly after the sirens sounded, explosions could be heard in Jerusalem. One rocket fell on the western outskirts of the city, lightly damaging a home and causing a brush fire. The Israeli army said one rocket was intercepted and the others fell in open areas. 

Israel was responding with airstrikes on Hamas targets throughout Gaza. 

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The fighting has drawn calls for de-escalation from the international community and sharp rebukes from across the Muslim world

The fighting has drawn calls for de-escalation from the international community and sharp rebukes from across the Muslim world

Israelis run for shelter in Jerusalem as bomb sirens sound after Hamas fired rockets from Gaza towards the Jewish state

Israelis run for shelter in Jerusalem as bomb sirens sound after Hamas fired rockets from Gaza towards the Jewish state

An Israeli man carries his son towards a bomb shelter in Jerusalem after Hamas launched rockets at Israel from Gaza

An Israeli man carries his son towards a bomb shelter in Jerusalem after Hamas launched rockets at Israel from Gaza

Palestinian medics evacuate a wounded protester from the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City amid clashes with security forces that have seen hundreds hurt

Palestinian medics evacuate a wounded protester from the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City amid clashes with security forces that have seen hundreds hurt

Israeli police detain a protester near the compound that houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque during clashes today

Israeli police detain a protester near the compound that houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque during clashes today

Israeli police arrest a Palestinian man at the Lions' Gate, as clashes continue at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem

Israeli police arrest a Palestinian man at the Lions' Gate, as clashes continue at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem


Medics evacuate a protester who was injured near the Lions' Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City amid fresh violence on the streets today

Medics evacuate a protester who was injured near the Lions' Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City amid fresh violence on the streets today

Clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians began during Ramadan, but dramatically escalated at the weekend with fighting around the Al-Aqsa mosque

Clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians began during Ramadan, but dramatically escalated at the weekend with fighting around the Al-Aqsa mosque

Paramedics take the injured Palestinians after Israeli police moved into the Temple Mount compound - known to Muslims as Haram esh-Sharif - to clear demonstrators away

Paramedics take the injured Palestinians after Israeli police moved into the Temple Mount compound - known to Muslims as Haram esh-Sharif - to clear demonstrators away


On Monday evening, Palestinians continued gathering outside the Al-Aqsa Compound, in East Jerusalem

On Monday evening, Palestinians continued gathering outside the Al-Aqsa Compound, in East Jerusalem

Israeli Police officers clash with Palestinians at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's old city during Israel's 'Jerusalem Day'

Israeli Police officers clash with Palestinians at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's old city during Israel's 'Jerusalem Day'


Seven members of a family, including three children, were killed in a blast in the northern town of Beit Hanoun. It was not immediately clear if the blast was caused by an airstrike or errant rocket.

Ashraf al-Masri, a member of the family, said there was an explosion outside the house.

'We don't know where it came from,' he said. 'We are trying to get the children for burial but the situation is difficult in Beit Hanoun and we are afraid to leave our houses.'

Abu Obeida, spokesman for Hamas' military wing, said the attack on Jerusalem was a response to what he called Israeli 'crimes and aggression' in the city. 'This is a message the enemy has to understand well,' he said.

He threatened more attacks if Israeli forces re-enter the sacred Al-Aqsa Mosque compound or carry out planned evictions of Palestinian families from an east Jerusalem neighbourhood.

Fears of further chaos in the Old City had eased somewhat today when Israeli organisers cancelled a march to celebrate the Jewish state's 1967 capture of east Jerusalem that was due to pass through the Old City.

But then came the Hamas warning, followed shortly after by the rockets.

'An alarm has just been sounded in Jerusalem. Police forces have begun evacuating hundreds of people' gathered at the Wailing Wall to safer locations, police said in a brief statement.

Hamas has fired several rockets towards Israel in recent days, some intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system, while militants in Gaza have deployed incendiary balloons that have sparked dozens of fires in Israeli territory.

Israel's army earlier announced widespread road closures in communities near the Gaza border, following a 'situational assessment', and two municipalities near Gaza, Ashkelon and Kyriat Malachi, confirmed that they had opened their bomb shelters.

Monday's clashes mark the fourth straight day of fighting between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem, the most serious period of violence the city has seen since 2017. 

Tensions between the two sides had been simmering since mid-April because Israeli forces had restricted access to the Al Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.

But the clashes suddenly escalated on Friday with violence in and around the mosque, which drew more people on to the streets. Protesters have also been angered by a long-running court battle between Jewish settlers and Palestinian homeowners in east Jerusalem, where the Old City is located.  

A court that was due to rule on the issue today has postponed the date.    

Medical workers evacuate a wounded protester from near the Dome of the Rock, Judaism's holiest site that sits just next to the Al Aqsa Mosque which has been at the centre of clashes

Medical workers evacuate a wounded protester from near the Dome of the Rock, Judaism's holiest site that sits just next to the Al Aqsa Mosque which has been at the centre of clashes

An injured man is helped to his feet by a passerby inside the Temple Mount/Haram esh-Sharif compound in Jerusalem

An injured man is helped to his feet by a passerby inside the Temple Mount/Haram esh-Sharif compound in Jerusalem

A Palestinian man strikes an Israeli security officer amid bitter clashes around Jerusalem's Old City on Monday

A Palestinian man strikes an Israeli security officer amid bitter clashes around Jerusalem's Old City on Monday

Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian protester amid clashes at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City amid some of the worst clashes in the city for years

Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian protester amid clashes at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City amid some of the worst clashes in the city for years

Israeli security forces clash with Palestinian protesters at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound today

Israeli security forces clash with Palestinian protesters at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound today

A member of Israeli police aims a weapon during clashes with Palestinians at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque

A member of Israeli police aims a weapon during clashes with Palestinians at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli riot police are seen forming a shield wall near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City amid violent clashes with Palestinian protesters that have entered their third day

Israeli riot police are seen forming a shield wall near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City amid violent clashes with Palestinian protesters that have entered their third day

Israeli police confront a Palestinian man near the Lions' Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City amid a day of bitter clashes

Israeli police confront a Palestinian man near the Lions' Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City amid a day of bitter clashes

Multiple dead after rocket strikes in Gaza amid border violence
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The leader of the far-right Religious Zionism party, Bezalel Smotrich, announced a visit Monday to the tense Sheikh Jarrah district which is at the centre of property disputes.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended Israel's response to the protests and rioting.

'We will uphold law and order - vigorously and responsibly,' Netanyahu said while vowing to 'guard freedom of worship for all faiths'. 

Monday's clashes broke out after Palestinians gathered around the Al-Aqsa Mosque in anticipation of the arrival of the Jerusalem Day march, which is due to end at the nearby Dome of the Rock.

Israeli security forces said demonstrators barricaded themselves inside the mosque, and officers were sent in to clear them out. Rocks were thrown at police, who opened fire with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Witnesses said some of the tear gas grenades landed inside the mosque. The BBC also reported confrontations in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, and near the West Bank city of Ramallah. 

The scenes around Al-Aqsa Mosque mirror those which took place on Friday and have seen Israeli forces criticised for heavy-handed tactics. 

All six Arab nations that have diplomatic ties with Israel - Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan - have condemned the Jewish state.

In Jordan, the custodian of Jerusalem's holy Islamic and Christian sites, King Abdullah II condemned 'Israeli violations and escalatory practices at the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque'.

Jordan and Egypt both summoned Israeli envoys on Sunday to lodge protests.

Tunisia said the UN Security Council was to hold a closed-door meeting Monday, at its request, on the violence.

The Middle East quartet of envoys from the European Union, Russia, the United States and the United Nations - and Pope Francis - have all called for calm.

'Israeli authorities must exercise maximum restraint and respect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly,' UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.  


Clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters have been centered around the Asl-Aqsa Mosque. Today, at Lions' Gate, a car was filmed driving into protesters as they pelted it with rocks. Later today, a Jerusalem Day procession is due to pass through Damascus Gate and through the Muslim quarter of the city, amid fears it will spark more clashes

Clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters have been centered around the Asl-Aqsa Mosque. Today, at Lions' Gate, a car was filmed driving into protesters as they pelted it with rocks. Later today, a Jerusalem Day procession is due to pass through Damascus Gate and through the Muslim quarter of the city, amid fears it will spark more clashes

Israeli police detain a Palestinian man during clashes around the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Israeli police detain a Palestinian man during clashes around the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian man near Jerusalem's Old City, amid clashes that are the worst to have hit the city since at least 2017

Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian man near Jerusalem's Old City, amid clashes that are the worst to have hit the city since at least 2017

Israeli police stand guard at one of the entrances to Jerusalem's Old City amid the worst clashes the city has seen since 2017

Israeli police stand guard at one of the entrances to Jerusalem's Old City amid the worst clashes the city has seen since 2017

Paramedics take away an injured Palestinian while Israeli security forces look on amid clashes in Jerusalem's Old City

Paramedics take away an injured Palestinian while Israeli security forces look on amid clashes in Jerusalem's Old City

Palestinian medics evacuate a wounded protester from the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City

Palestinian medics evacuate a wounded protester from the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, which has seen three days of violence

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, which has seen three days of violence

Palestinians who had gathered near the Al Aqsa Mosque are dispersed by Israeli security forces

Palestinians who had gathered near the Al Aqsa Mosque are dispersed by Israeli security forces

Palestinians take cover as Israeli police open fire with tear gas and rubber bullets while medics rush to help the injured

Palestinians take cover as Israeli police open fire with tear gas and rubber bullets while medics rush to help the injured

A Palestinian man rushes to get rid of a tear gas grenade amid clashes with Israeli security forces near the Dome of the Rock

A Palestinian man rushes to get rid of a tear gas grenade amid clashes with Israeli security forces near the Dome of the Rock

Medics treat a wounded man during clashes with Israeli security forces at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound

Medics treat a wounded man during clashes with Israeli security forces at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound

The UN children's agency UNICEF said that over two days, 29 Palestinian children had been injured in east Jerusalem, including a one-year-old.

The unrest of past weeks in east Jerusalem, which Palestinians claim as their future capital, has multiple causes.

Much of the recent violence stems from a long-running legal effort by Jewish settler groups to evict several Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah.

A lower court ruling earlier this year backing the settlers' decades-old claim to the plots infuriated Palestinians.

A Supreme Court hearing on a Palestinian appeal had been set for Monday, but the justice ministry said Sunday that in light of 'all the circumstances' it would delay the hearing.

Old City shopkeeper Mohammad said Israeli police told him he must close Monday afternoon, when Israeli Jews plan to march with Israeli flags to mark Jerusalem's 'reunification'.

Israel annexed east Jerusalem following the 1967 takeover, a move not recognised by most of the international community.

The unrest has spread across the Palestinian territories, including demonstrations and clashes in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has expressed 'full support for our heroes in Al-Aqsa'.

Hamas Islamists who control the Gaza Strip have also voiced support for the Palestinian protesters and warned Israel of retribution if evictions proceed in Sheikh Jarrah.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh called Sunday for a united Arab and Muslim response against Israel's 'provocative desecration of the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque'.

Four rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel on Sunday, the army said, as well as incendiary balloons that started 39 fires on Israeli territory, according to the fire services.

The Israeli military said late Sunday that 'tanks just struck Hamas terror targets in Gaza', without giving further details.

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Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City

A member of Israeli security forces runs amid clashes with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem's Old City

A member of Israeli security forces runs amid clashes with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem's Old City

Israeli police detain a Palestinian during clashes at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount

Israeli police detain a Palestinian during clashes at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount

Medics tend to a wounded Palestinian during clashes with Israeli police at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque

Medics tend to a wounded Palestinian during clashes with Israeli police at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque

A Palestinian man is confronted by Israeli security forces in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday

A Palestinian man is confronted by Israeli security forces in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday 

An Israeli police officer carries a shattered riot shield through the Temple Mount compound surrounded by rocks following clashes with Palestinian protesters on Monday

An Israeli police officer carries a shattered riot shield through the Temple Mount compound surrounded by rocks following clashes with Palestinian protesters on Monday 


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